Author: Derek HudsonEminent Contributors/Foreword/Introductio: Derek HudsonPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 348ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195600967
This volume is a sequel to the collection of Modern English Short Stories selected by Phyllis M. Jones and published in The World’s Classics in 1939, which was itself a sequel to the three volumes of Selected English Short stories since 1800 published in this series in 1914, 1921, and 1927.The present volume does not ignore experiment; in some cases the quality of the writing and a consummate skill in evoking mood and atmosphere have triumphed over a certain lack of form. And the collection demonstrates on page after page the new awareness of the lights and shadows within the human mind which has been generated by modern psychology and by the nervous intensity of contemporary life.This selection aims only at presenting some of the best modern stories that have been written in their various kinds.
INTRODUCTIONW. SOMERSET MAUGHAM (1874-1965)The KiteVIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941)The Duchess and the JewellerFRANCES TOWERS (1885-1948)The Little WillowC.S. FORESTER (1899-1966)The HostageERIC LINKLATER (b. 1899)Sealskin TrousersV.S. PRITCHETT (b. 1900)The VoiceWILLIAM PLOMER (b. 1903)Ever Sucha Nice BoyEVELYN WAUGH (1903-1966)On GuardGRAHAM GREENE (b. 19040)The Basement RoomH.E. BATES (b. 1905)The Women Who Had ImaginationJOHN MOORE (1907-1967)Local Boy Makes GoodCHRISTOPHER SYKES (b. 1907)The sacred and the ProfaneWILLIAM SANSOM (b. 1912)The Vertical LadderFRED URQUHAR (b. 1912)Man About The HouseA.L. BARKER (b. 1918)Mr. MinnenickNIGEL KNEALE (b. 1922)The Putting way of Uncle QuagginELIZABETH BOWEN (b. 1899)MariaCLEMENE DANE (b. 1965)The Dearly Beloved of Benjamin ClubROSAMOND LEHMANNA Dream of winter